John Hoffoss
Information Security Professional

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I'm a geek with a CISSP working in IT security. I communicate well, I learn quickly, and I continue exploring new technologies and interests. When I'm not at work, I collect hobbies and make an honest attempt at amateur photography, carpentry, and curling. I'm also a traveler, foodie, a beer snob, and a homebrewer.

With Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), I piloted and facilitated an information security assessment program to establish a security baseline of all 32 MnSCU institutions, providing guidance and direction to remediate gaps in system security. This then led to collaboratively developing an innovative training program, educating the 800 IT staff across MnSCU, ultimately saving over $10M compared to private training. At LarsonAllen's Information Security Services Group, I built the computer forensics practice, generating $500K in revenue with a bonus $500K savings to clients. Performing SAS70 and IT controls audits as the technical lead at that same time, I generated an additional $500K in revenue. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

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